New primary law alters political landscape
March 22, 2016
A law approved in the 2015 Legislature will alter how primary elections are conducted across the state of Nevada.
Under Senate Bill 499, instead of having two members of the same party go to the general election, that race will be settled in the primary, with one candidate going to the general.
That means in the case of the two commissioner races, where Republicans are facing off, only one candidate will go to the general.
According to the minutes of the April 10, 2015, Senate Committee on Legislative, an amendment from Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, modified the primary election rules to require a primary election any time there are two or more major party candidates, whether anyone else has filed or not.
Settelmeyer's amendment also prohibited major party primary candidates from appearing on the ballot as a minor party or independent candidate.
Before the law change, if there were two candidates from the same party filed for an election, both would go to the general election.